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Are there any at home remedies or OTC meds one can take for relief from a cluster headache?

Are there any at home remedies or OTC meds one can take for relief from a cluster headache?

Consider hypnosis: I can't address the otc medicines, but have used hypnosis with people who suffer from migraines who want to reduce the amount of meds they take. Surely seek medical consult in addition to hypnosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Corey Clay
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Pain Relief (Definition)

A recent study showed that in a hospitalized group of patients it was not the actual degree of pain relief that determined patient satisfaction. It was the perceived concern on the part of the heath care providers and their attempts to alleviate the degree of pain that mattered. Even ...Read more


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How do I treat cluster headaches?

How do I treat cluster headaches?

Need effective meds: Sorry you have these most terrible headaches for which typical pain medication - even narcotics, are completely ineffective. Good news is the right medications (sumatriptan, oxygen, Lidocaine in the nose) rapidly turn a cluster headache off once it starts, and that many strategies for prevention of headaches are also successful. Key is accurate diagnosis + compassionate treatment by an expert md. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens during cluster headaches?

Could you tell me what happens during cluster headaches?

Cluster headache: Cluster headache is the most painful of all the primary headache disorders. Because of the intense pain, cluster patients often pace the floor or bang their heads during headache episodes while rubbing or holding the painful site in any attempt to distract themselves from the pain. They are agitated and restless in contrast to a migraineur who prefers to lie down, usually in a darkened room. ...Read more

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What is a cluster headache?

What is a cluster headache?

Cluster headache: is the most painful of all the primary headache disorders. Because of the intense pain, cluster patients often pace the floor or bang their heads during headache episodes. The pain of cluster headache is excruciating and it is not unusual for a patient to yell or cry. The headache is unilateral and is centered behind or around the eye with autonomic symptoms. See a headache specialist. ...Read more

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How to treat cluster headaches?

How to treat cluster headaches?

Rx for cluster HAs: Unlike other kinds of headaches, cluster headaches may improve by inhaling enriched oxygen, such as that available in a hospital or emergency room. They may also be treated with triptan medicines, NSAIDs, and sometimes they can be prevented with the use of verapamil or carbamazepine. ...Read more

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What can cause a cluster headache?

What can cause a cluster headache?

Cause unknown: We do not know the cause of cluster headaches. The diagnosis is usually clinical. Usually there is significant nasal congestion or a runny nose associated with increased lacrimation. The headaches can be quite severe and occur in clusters up to eight times a day. Usually multiple attacks are short-lived with excruciating one sided pain is typical. ...Read more

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I've got cluster headache. Now what?

I've got cluster headache. Now what?

See doctor: There are a number of treatments for cluster headache. First of all, preventive treatments are the first thing. Sometimes inhaling high concentrations of oxygen will stop a cluster. Also, triptan medication is effective for some people. There are a number of different approaches to preventing cluster headache. ...Read more

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What does cluster headache feel like?

Nasty and intense: Focalizes over one eye with steady intense pain prompting restlessness, often desire to bang head into wall, may be associated with unilateral tearing and nasal discharge. Often awakens from sleep, and lasts about 45-60 min on average. Not pleasant and pattern should be disrupted with medication. ...Read more

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How are cluster headaches self-treated?

How are cluster headaches self-treated?

See doctor!: There's no cure for cluster headaches. The goal of treatment is to help decrease the severity of pain, shorten the headache period and prevent the attacks. Because the pain of a cluster headache comes on suddenly and may subside within a short time, over-the-counter pain relievers such as Aspirin or Ibuprofen (advil, motrin, others) aren't effective. The headache is usually gone before the drugs. ...Read more

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Question: what is cluster headache really?

Question: what is cluster headache really?

Cluster headache: Cluster headache belongs to a group of idiopathic (unknown cause) headache entities known as the trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias, all of which involve one-sided, short-lived, severe headache attacks. There are associated autonomic symptoms, such as ptosis (eyelid drooping), miosis (constricted pupils), lacrimation (tearing in the eyes), conjunctival injection, runny nose, and nasal congestion. ...Read more

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What's the symptoms of a cluster headache?

Cluster headache: is the most painful of all the primary headache disorders. Because of the intense pain, cluster patients often pace the floor or bang their heads during headache episodes. The pain of cluster headache is excruciating and it is not unusual for a patient to yell or cry. The headache is unilateral and is centered behind or around the eye with autonomic symptoms. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for cluster headache?

What do you recommend for cluster headache?

Various treatments: Imitrex, (sumatriptan) oxygen and other meds are good for cluster headaches. If there are spots on your head that you can press (in front of your ears, your eyebrows, or temples) that make the pain go away temporarily, then a procedure to ligate the arteries of the scalp in these locations can relieve the pain in most patients. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of cluster headache ?

See below:: Pain comes on without warning & may begin as a burning sensation on the side of your nose or deep in your eye. The pain peaks in just a few min. Folks describe the feeling as having an ice pick driven through your eye.The pain almost always begins in your eye and always on 1 side of your face.The eye on your affected side may tear &eyelid may droop. 1-sided nasal stuffiness/runny nose may occur. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is a cluster headache?

What sort of disease is a cluster headache?

What is a cluster HA: Cluster headache is a type of headache associated with autonomic nervous system symptoms, such as nasal congestion and tearing. It is considered a neurological disorder, possibly related to aberrant neuro-vascular signalling behind the face, on one side. It normally feels like a sharp pain behind one eye, occurring at the same time every day, for several days. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a cluster headache?

See below:: Pain comes on without warning & may begin as a burning sensation on the side of your nose or deep in your eye. The pain peaks in just a few min. Folks describe the feeling as having an ice pick driven through your eye.The pain almost always begins in your eye and always on 1 side of your face.The eye on your affected side may tear &eyelid may droop. 1-sided nasal stuffiness/runny nose may occur. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a cluster headache ?

What are the symptoms of a cluster headache ?

Headaches: Symptoms include unilateral severe clusters of headaches associated with tearing and injection of the ipsolateral eye and nasal discharge. ...Read more

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What is in the definition of cluster headache ?

What is in the definition of cluster headache ?

Cluster headache: It may occur every day, about the same time, for days, then go away for weeks. It is a “cluster” of attacks. It lasts for hours. It occurs around or behind one eye. It is sharp, it is painful, and it is often associated with the shedding of tears from that eye, or nasal stuffiness on one side, drooping of the eyelid, and sometimes redness of the affected eye. ...Read more

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What's good OTC medicine for a cluster headache?

What's good OTC medicine for a cluster headache?

Avoid Rebound: Taking any medications whether they be otc or prescription for headaches over and over will lead to the development of rebound "headaches, probably the most difficult type of headache to treat and control. ...Read more

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Can constant cluster headaches result to suicide?

Can constant cluster headaches result to suicide?

Possibly: Any long term pain issue can trigger depression or spontaneous behavior in an attempt to get out of pain. Cluster headaches are difficult but not impossible to treat. You should see a headache specialist as well as a primary care doctor to discuss these things. Treatment is available both for chronic pain issues as well as for suicide prevention. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat a cluster headache?

Cluster headaches: Oxygen threpy 100%12to15litres per minute, tryptans second line drugs are lithium, valproic acid, Gabapentin and topamax local analgesics like Lidocaine sprayed in the nostrils will sometime stop the pain.Cafergot (ergotamine and caffeine) was used in the past but rarely used these days. ...Read more

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Dr. Amy Friedman
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Cluster Headache (Definition)

Extremely painful type of headache that is commonly described as a stabbing sensation through the eye. They usually occur on one side of the head, ...Read more